Shape Shift: A Part as the Whole
Perhaps the sheer abundance of physical beauty in my surroundings in Gloucester, MA has evoked my current fascination with small segments of objects or scenes. My travel experiences also further this way of seeing parts as representative as the whole. The richness afforded by these smaller visual gems has grown greater the more I seek them out and train my eye to see them. The delight of such discovery compels my visual expression.
Such an orientation is probably not all that surprising for a former biologist and electron microscopist. The polarity between microcosm and macrocosm were a big part of my formal education as a biologist, albeit balanced by a minor in art history. Weeks spent in electron microscopy preparation were sometimes lost while the specimen dissolved in the electron beam while I was trying to get the most pleasing image, which sadly, was not the objective. I can focus more appropriately now! These current images result from contemplation and learning, and to me, are representative of the shapes, curves, shades and angles of our lives.
Vicki Diez-Canseco is a photographer and process-oriented mixed-media artist, born in New York City of Peruvian and Brazilian parents. She is part of a long heritage of established artists and writers, and currently lives in Gloucester, MA.
Diez-Canseco’s work is inspired by abstract shapes of both man-made world and natural world of salt marsh, sandy and rocky coast; her surroundings generously offer their shapes, patterns and color for study. She enjoys investigating processes for expression between internal and external worlds, making these images as an act of contemplation, discovery, learning and love.
Diez-Canseco studied fine art at Mt. Holyoke College and Massachusetts College of Art, and graphic design at Salem State University. She attended the Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum of Photography in MA, and other post-graduate workshops in the US and at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London. Her nine year residence in the UK provided many rich opportunities to study the artistic expression of others there and throughout Europe.
She has participated in many juried exhibitions, including those at the Rockport Art Association, the Newburyport Art Association, and the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. Original works are in private collections in the US and Europe.
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